Review: Chicken Police – Paint it RED!

Perhaps the most odd game I have ever played!

Chicken Police: Paint it RED! is a pastiche of 50’s hard-boiled detective stories where all the elements are in place, everything from femme fatals to trench coat-clad men with cigars in their mouths. The only difference is that all roles are played by animals.

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Sonny Featherland and Marty MacChicken was long ago a legendary chicken police team, solving all the crimes they faced. Then something happened and they slipped apart. Now they are facing a new assignment and they must learn to work together again.

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First out to what I really like about Chicken Police: Paint it RED! and that is that game developers have really succeeded with the world. There are fun spikes all the time to the noir genre and the jokes alternate. The music is really good and creates a really nice feeling. The story is interesting and in some places really exciting. It sometimes feels a bit like the movie Vem Satte Dit Roger Rabbit? in that everyone is an animal and behaves like humans in the 50’s world.

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Puzzle clues and interrogate suspects. Photo: Handy Games

What is unfortunately less good with Chicken Police: Paint it RED! are two things: The first is that no matter how nice the graphics may look on a still image, it is not so advanced in moving form. It is very stiff in places and the animal heads (which are glued to human bodies) are not always so nicely done . It’s also a little strange that only the head is an animal, but the rest of the body looks like an ordinary human. The second is that the controls are a bit clumsy and there is not much that you can interact with on every box that you come to. Too many times it is very easy to know exactly what to do. Then, in the same breath, it can be completely impossible to know where to go next. It quickly gets boring when you get stuck and run trial-and-error, then I lose the urge a little.

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In conclusion, so must Chicken Police: Paint it RED! be one of the most odd games I have ever played. It has its flaws, but the whole thing is still so fun and different that it is definitely worth a recommendation. If you are a 50s noir fan and / or point-‘n-click lover, the rating goes up another notch!